India must protect its women; don't politicise rape - Modi

June 11, 2014 9:17 PM

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India must protect its women; don't politicise rape - Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that India should respect and protect its women, breaking his silence on a crime wave that included the rape and hanging of two girls two weeks ago.

In his first speech to parliament since a dramatic election victory last month, Modi promised to govern for the poor, to train India's bulging youth population to be an effective labour force and to shed the country's tawdry reputation for graft.

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